Password Hashing or Encoding in Spring Security

In Spring Security tutorial, we will discuss about Password Hashing or Encoding through SHA hashing algorithm. In last Spring Security form login example, the password is stored in clear-text, it is vulnerable to attack. In practice, recommend to hash your password before storing them. Here we will see how to use SHA hashing algorithm to hash password, and use the hashed password to perform the login authentication in Spring Security.

Spring Security supports following hashing algorithms :

  • plaintext
  • sha
  • sha-256
  • md5
  • md4

Here we will perform password hashing through SHA hashing algorithm. We will use this hashed password to accomplish the login authentication in Spring Security.

Required Tools used for this Application:

  • Spring MVC 3.0.1
  • Spring Security 3.1.0
  • STS 2.8.1.RELEASE
  • Tomcat 7
  • Jdk 1.7
  • Jacksum 1.7.0

Password Hashing:
For password hashing, we are incorporating Jacksum 1.7.0, you can download it from here.

After downloading it, execute the below CMD command to generate hash value of the plain text/password, by using the same folder path where you download it ,as follows :

Spring Security Password Hashing

In above my password is “sweetu” after hashing we will get as “22c27ff8a5be6260871523871ee37d0768eb02fc
when it is “sweety” then we will get as “15eabb8159c574ddb45fea23e853e18bc599ce87“.

In original example, password is stored in clear text. As follows.

   <security:password-encoder hash="sha"/>
 <security:user name="dineshonjava" password="sweety" authorities="ROLE_USER" />

Now, use “jacksum” to hash the password “sweety” with SHA algorithm is “15eabb8159c574ddb45fea23e853e18bc599ce87“.

  <security:password-encoder hash="sha"/>
 <security:user name="dineshonjava" 
        authorities="ROLE_USER" />

Use this hashed password in sdnext-security.xml as follows :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""

   <security:http auto-config="true">
  <security:intercept-url pattern="/index*" access="ROLE_USER" />
  <security:form-login login-page="/login" default-target-url="/index"
   authentication-failure-url="/fail2login" />
  <security:logout logout-success-url="/logout" />

    <security:password-encoder hash="sha"/>
   <security:user name="dineshonjava" password="15eabb8159c574ddb45fea23e853e18bc599ce87" authorities="ROLE_USER" />


Now rest of the code is same as the previous example no need to discuss every file just look and run the application.

Password Hashing

Running the example

Export the example as war and deploy it Tomcat 7 server. While browsing the project you will get the following screen for loging:

Access URL “http://localhost:8080/sdnext/index“, Spring will redirect to your custom login form.
URL : http://localhost:8080/sdnext/login

Password Hashing

If username/password is correct, then
URL : http://localhost:8080/sdnext/index

Password Hashing

Download Source Code-

Spring Security
Spring Security documentation

SHA-1 hashing algorithm 
Jacksum Java library 


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